Dismiss Cardinal Brady, Bishop of Kilmore Lawsuit
By By Shane Harrison
January 29, 2014
|Cardinal Brady is being sued
for his role as secretary to the Bishop of Kilmore
A court is hearing an application by a Catholic bishop
to dismiss an attempt by Belfast siblings to sue him and Cardinal
Sean Brady over sex abuse.
Brother and sister Mario and Maria Cafolla, from west
Belfast, were abused by paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth.
Lawyers for Dr Leo O'Reilly, the Bishop of Kilmore, said
the case should not go ahead due to a previous full and final
settlement for all claims in the case.
They are suing Dr O'Reilly over the alleged failures of
They allege that the previous bishop, Francis McKiernan,
was negligent for failing to take any adequate steps to ensure
Smyth did not continue to perpetrate sexual assaults on them in
the 1970s and 1980s.
Cardinal Brady, the primate of all-Ireland, is being
sued in his personal capacity over his role as part-time
secretary to Bishop McKiernan in 1975 during the investigation of
complaints about Smyth, who has since died.
It is claimed that he and Bishop McKiernan failed to
report to Irish police that signed complaints had been made
against Smyth regarding his assaults on other children arising
from two meetings in 1975.
The case, at Dublin High Court, is expected to last up
to three days.